- Town centre location
- Bright and spacious accommodation
- Private entrance
- Original features
4 The Old Corn Exchange is a spacious and well-presented apartment within the Grade II listed former Corn Exchange situated on Sandgate in the heart of the old town and next to the historic Elizabethan fortified town walls. The property is presented in excellent order with a number of original features and includes a living room and breakfasting kitchen on the first floor and two double bedrooms, a single bedroom and bathroom on the second floor.
The Corn Exchange was built in 1858 and soon became a centre of Berwick life, beyond its role in business and finance. It was used for auctions, balls, entertainments, and many aspects of social life. It was also a venue for political and religious meetings, including many in connection with things such as the franchise, the temperance movement, licensing acts and fishing rights. When the building ceased to function as a trading exchange in the early 1960s it was converted to become the town’s swimming pool until 1998 and was then redeveloped in the 2000’s to the present residential apartments.
The impressive pedimented entrance doors open into an entrance hall with storage and an under stairs cupboard with a beautiful staircase and turned bannister sweeping up to the first floor landing. The living room is flooded with light from the three sash windows overlooking Sandgate and features the original cast-iron columns. Leading on from the living room is a well-appointed breakfasting kitchen with built-in appliances including an electric oven and hob, fridge freezer and dish washer. A further staircase from the living room leads up to the second floor with two double bedrooms, one of which has a built-in wardrobe, and a single bedroom. The contemporary bathroom features a corner bath with a rainfall shower and handheld sprayer over along with a hand basin and WC.
The original ‘dealing floor’ of the Corn Exchange now forms an unusually shaped communal inner courtyard with bin storage areas.
4 The Old Corn Exchange is located in a central position close to the high street and town centre with Hide Hill and Bridge Street with their independent shops, bars and restaurants just a short walk away. The adjacent historic Elizabethan town walls provide access to a number of bracing walks with spectacular views over the Tweed Estuary and out to sea. Berwick upon Tweed has a comprehensive range of facilities including a variety of shops, restaurants, and banks as well as the award-winning Maltings Theatre. The mainline railway station is within easy walking distance and offers regular services to Edinburgh and Newcastle as well as London, some three and a half hours to the south. The A1 is close at hand providing good access to the regional and national road network.
The local area is well known for its spectacular scenery with the rugged coastline and unspoilt beaches of North Northumberland and the imposing Cheviot Hills. Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, Bamburgh Castle and the ancient Border towns of Coldstream, Kelso and Melrose are within easy reach. There are a number of excellent links and inland golf courses locally, including a Championship course at Roxburghe, and racecourses at Kelso and Musselburgh. The area is renowned for the quality of the countryside pursuits on offer and the east coast provides dramatic scenery, magnificent beaches, sailing, sea fishing and diving. Despite its proximity to both Edinburgh and Newcastle, the area has a low population and therefore offers a quality of life that is becoming increasingly rare.
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Gas central heating.
By appointment with the sole selling agents, Edwin Thompson.
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